For Immediate Release: October 7, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Prehearing conference on October 17 and evidentiary hearing on November 1 for Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electricity Reliability Project will hold a prehearing conference and evidentiary hearing. The public is invited to participate.

When: Monday, October 17, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. for the prehearing conference
Tuesday, November 1, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. for the evidentiary hearing

Where: California Energy Commission, Hearing Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 8:

Why: The prehearing conference will assess the parties' readiness for the evidentiary hearing. At the prehearing, all parties (staff, applicant, and intervenors) will present their respective positions regarding the substantive topic areas ready for evidentiary hearing, the topics that require further analysis, the topic areas that have been resolved, and the topic areas that are disputed and require adjudication. The parties will also identify proposed witnesses and time required for direct testimony and/or cross-examination.

The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is to establish the factual record upon which the Commission will decide the case, based on written or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding.

After the hearing, the committee reviewing the project will consider the recommendations presented by staff, applicant, intervenors, government agencies, and the public prior to proposing its decision to the full Commission for deliberation and final consideration.

What: The project, which is planned by the Watson Cogeneration Company, will increase and improve the reliability of the steam supply and electric power at the BP Carson Refinery by adding a combustion turbine generator/heat recovery steam generator. That would increase the capacity of the existing 385-megawatt Watson Cogeneration Facility by 85 megawatts to a total output of 470 megawatts. Watson Cogeneration Company is a joint partnership between subsidiaries of BP America and Edison Mission Energy.

Construction is expected to last 26 months. Eighty construction workers would be required during peak construction in the twelfth month. No additional full-time employees will be required when the project is operational.

The project site consists of 2.5 acres within the existing Watson Cogeneration Facility, which is located in the city of Carson (Los Angeles County). The 21.7-acre facility supplies steam to and is integral to the adjacent BP Carson Refinery.

More information about the project can be found at:

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